One of the Georgia Partnership Founders and Sustaining Members, Sonny Walker, passed away June 14. Sonny also served on the Board and was always one of the organization's most vocal and effective supporters from day one. In this 20th anniversary video, Sonny talks about the earliest days of the Georgia Partnership. His happy smile and gracious demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.
Congratulations to Senator Lindsey Tippens who has been honored with the State Superintendent of School's "Impact Award" for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 364 during the last legislative session. Here's the press release.
Long-time Board member, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President Emeritus, University of West Georgia, in this powerful and thorough TEDx presentation, describes the transformative value of higher education to America today.
The May/June issue of James Magazine (page 31) includes an interview with Board member and 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Ernie Lee. Ernie reflects on his year touring the state representing his fellow teachers. He had more to say than there was room in the magazine version so here is the entire interview conducted by the Georgia Partnership's communications director, Bill Maddox.
The March/April edition of James Magazine named former Georgia Partnership Board Chair Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power, its "Georgian of the Year." This 2016 "Most Influential" edition also named three current Board members to its distinguished list: Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives; Chris Clark, President/CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; and Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. James Magazine (starts on page 12).
Board members Shan Cooper (former Chair) and Milford McGuirt (current Vice Chair) were featured in the March 11-17 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Shan was interviewed by Maria Saporta on "...why she left Lockheed for WestRock." On that same page was mention of Shan's being honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta with their "Changing the World Award" (page 12A). Milford penned a Viewpoint piece, "Emerging trends: We're not just accountants anymore" (page 30A).
Ernie Lee, Georgia's 2016 Teacher of the Year, has a compelling message that has been the subject of several articles, many coming from Ernie's short "teacher voice" presentation at the Georgia Partnership's Media Symposium in January. This latest story is from Georgia Trend magazine: When Teachers Drop Out.
Shan Cooper, the Georgia Partnership's past Board chair, has left her position at Lockheed Martin for a new challenge at WestRock. Georgia Trend has the story. Best wishes!
Speaking of Shan, she has received another honor. The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will present her their "Changing the World" award next month. Another former Georgia Partnership Board Chair, Paul Bowers, Chairman and & CEO, Georgia Power, serving as Honorary Event Chair, will present the award at the Scouts' 2016 Second Century Breakfast, March 15. Here is the press release.
Pat Willis has been named the 2016-17 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at Marietta (Ohio) College's McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. Her topic for her year as EIR is "Beyond Altruism: The Economic, Social and Civic Impact of Nonprofit Organizations on the Mid-Ohio Valley." Pat is a 1970 graduate of Marietta College.
Former Chair, Robert L. Brown Jr., has been reelected to another five-year term on the state Transportation Board. He serves as vice-chair. Here's the story. Congratulations, Robert!
Sally FitzGerald's contributions to the public education scene in Georgia are innumerable. Many of them have helped guide the work of the Georgia Partnership through the years. We want to point out that she is the namesake of a scholarship awarded annually to a deserving student(s) in the North Fulton Council of PTAs. She helped develop this scholarship in the late 1990's when she was in charge of scholarships on the state PTA Board. It appropriately carries her name as the Sally FitzGerald Scholarship. There are many students who owe Sally a "Thank you!" as do we for her service to the Partnership. Thank you, Sally!
Congratulations to David Scheible who was named the recipient of the Paperboard Packaging Council's highest honor. David will be presented the Robert T. Gair Award at the Council's spring conference. He is the Chairman of Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Here is the story.
Georgia Trend magazine named its 2016 "100 Most Influential Georgians" in its January edition. Congratulations to Board members Rep. Stacey Abrams, Chris Clark, Shan Cooper, Gretchen Corbin, and Hank Huckaby for being named to this latest honor roll. Former Board Chair Paul Bowers is on the list. Three members are on the "Most Notables" list: Ann Cramer, Robert Brown and president Steve Dolinger.
Congratulations to President Emeritus Tom Upchurch. Son John and wife Maria have endowed a scholarship for Calhoun City Schools to honor dad Tom and mom Patsy. The Upchurch family has many fond memories from their days spent working and living in the local community. Tom came to Calhoun as a social studies teacher and coach and later served as assistant principal and principal of Calhoun High School. Patsy has a long and distinguished career of public education service which started in Calhoun.
Calhoun City Schools Superintendent and Georgia Partnership Council member, Dr. Michele Taylor, said, "We are excited to honor Mr. and Mrs. Upchurch every year with a scholarship to one of our student leaders. We appreciate John and Maria Upchuch's generosity and support. Both Tom and Patsy taught and mentored many students over the years. They continue to make a difference in our community." Here's the story.
Read more here: www.macon.com/news/local/education/article42176043.html
Board Chair Kevin Greiner's October 2015 article in the Saporta Report has received wide recognition: Georgia's early learning industry - an economic win today with long-term business, social impacts.
Former Board Chair and current Board member, Shan Cooper, was named to Atlanta Magazine's list of the top 55 most powerful Atlantans.
Board member Ernie Lee, Georgia's 2016 Teacher of the Year, is the epitome of who we want teaching our children. This PAGEONE (Professional Assn. of Georgia Educators) contains a wonderful feature on Ernie (page 11).
Here's another story about Ernie from his hometown Savannah paper: Teacher of the Year flag, banner fly for Ernie Lee of Savannah's Windsor High.
Representative Brooks Coleman, a former teacher, is dedicated to making sure the state's public education system is the best it can be. The GA Department of Education recognized Brooks with its first "Superintendent's Impact Award" in recognition of his sponsorship of House Bill 91. In presenting the award, Superintendent Richard Woods (a fellow GA Partnership Board member) said, "He was instrumental in the passage of a law that has allowed thousands of Georgians to receive their high school diplomas, many of them moving on to college or advancing in their careers as a result."
Congratulations to Board member Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and his top-flight Chamber team for being named one of three finalists (U.S., Canada, and Europe) in the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 2015 Chamber of the Year competition.
Chris, commenting in a press release said, "While no state chamber has ever won the ACCE Chamber of the Year award, the Georgia Chamber is honored to be a finalist. This recognition is especially timely as the Georgia Chamber is celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2015."
Since 2007, annual ACCE award winners and finalists have received international attention for their excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.
Again, congratulations to our friends and office neighbors at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce!
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named its list of "The 100 Most Influential Atlantans of 2015." Four current Georgia Partnership Board members and one former Board Chair have been honored. Congratulations to former Board Chair Paul Bowers, President and CEO Georgia Power; Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Shan Cooper, Former Vice President and GM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; Mike Donnelly, President, Atlanta Region, Wells Fargo; Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Here's the story.
Former Board Chair Paul Bowers, President and CEO, Georgia Power, always takes the opportunity to underline the importance of education. Check this story in the Rome News-Tribune: Georgia Power President: Education critical to meet workforce needs.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named its annual "Who's Who in Education" list. Congratulations to Georgia Partnership President and Board member Dr. Steve Dolinger. Other Board members on the list are Chris Baumann, Gretchen Corbin, Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Allene Magill, and Richard Woods.
Former Board Chair and current Board member Shan Cooper was named Georgia Trend Magazine's 2015 "Most Respected Business Leader." Shan served as our Chair from 2013 - 2015 and was instrumental in moving us forward in the service to the state's public education system. Here is the story. Congratulations, Shan, and thanks for your continuing service to the Georgia Partnership!
Board member David Scheible is the recipient of the 28th Annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" Award. This honor is presented based on corporate vision, strategic objectives and strong leadership both within the individual's company and in the paper industry as a whole. Here's the story.
Congratulations to Pat Willis, former executive director, Voices for Georgia's Children, on her selection by the Georgia Council on Economic Education as its 2015 William J. VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award winner. The honor was bestowed at the organization's annual meeting, May 8. Pat was a member of the original group who gathered in 1992 to create the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Her contributions through the years are innumerable. Thank you, Pat! We are proud of you!
Milford McGuirt was named KPMG's Atlanta managing partner. Congratulations Milford!
Board Treasurer Mike Donnelly was feted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Here is coverage as featured in the Saporta Report:
Wells Fargo and the bank’s Atlanta region president, Mike Donnelly, were honored at the 10th annual PAGE Turning Event Sept. 15 at The Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom for supporting public education. He and his wife, Gay, attended public schools, and their three children attend Fulton County public schools. All were present at the PAGE Turning event.
Donnelly’s mother and sister are career public school teachers. Donnelly’s favorite teacher, Paul Szymonski, who taught him 10th grade history and was his cross country coach in Dumfries, Va., came from Pennsylvania for the evening. “In the classroom he taught you how to think,” Donnelly said. “Then as a coach, he taught about life. The key for us in cross-country was simple. You run the hills hard. When the tough times come in life, those are the hills. You run your hardest on the hills, and that’s where you can excel.” See more (scroll down).